As many of you baby boomers have found out by now, they are making top loading washers so that hardly any water is used to clean your clothes. These are the new "high efficiency" washers.
Now we all know this is absurdity for top loaders. You can't clean clothes in 1.5" of water regardless of what they try to convince you of. And for those of you who have suffered this new "efficiency" malware, and have felt you will never have clean clothes again in your lifetime - You can now celebrate. Wonder of Wonders, Miracles of Miracles! I found out how to overcome this problem with this model Whirlpool.
What you do, is first, do NOT put your clothes in first. First, leave the tub empty and select the "Bulky Items/Sheets" setting. Then press the Start button and let the tub fill. It will actually fill to about 4 inch depth of water (I estimate). Oh but it won't stop there!! Allow the machine to start doing its "agitation" (if you can call it that, seeing how the washer has no "real paddles" to fully agitate water like older models had). After about 20 - 30 seconds of agitation, the machine will start to add more water for about a minute or so. Then WAIT longer. The Machine will again start to "agitate" and will after another 20-30 seconds, start to fill with more water. [The machine is trying to figure out how much water it needs.]
Repeat this process a few more times (like 2 or 3 times) and look inside (Note: you can look inside after each "agitation/adding water" cycle - check when the water stops running). You will say "OMG - I don't believe it, there's lots of water!!!" I am not sure if the machine is capable of overflowing so keep an eye on it. I just know I have looked and thought whoa it really does fill high - like to the brim or close!
Once you have the water at a high enough level, you can add in your clothes. With my washes the machine does NOT empty any of the water once you put the clothes in. (I have read this somewhere that these new machines will actually lower the water level if it is higher than the sensors allow - I mean what a waste of water that would be - eh!?!) You should add your soap in after the first fill cycle when there is about 4" of water in the tub. Or you can add it in later. I use powder soap (cause I like it) and I add it directly into the tub (with the lid open) and allow the "agitation" to mix it in. If I am using bleach, I also add bleach at the same time.
Now admittedly, I discovered this while washing actual bed sheets. But I think it should work on regular clothes too. I will be trying to verify this. Now as far as the rinse cycle is concerned (and I always use 2 rinses), I am not sure that the water will fill as high up as it did for the wash, because, per chance, the filling up of water for a rinse cycle may not sense the same as for washing. I have not made this part of my routine yet, and have not tested it, so I don't know.
But if you are rinsing, you could use the "2 rinses" setting and after the first rinse and spin, you could remove the spin-dried clothes (cause they would not be water laden and heavy after spin drying I would think) and refill the tub with fresh water using the same procedure as before to try to raise the water level higher. Once full, you put the laundry back into the filled tub before the actual rinse begins. Let the washer finish its cycle.
At the very least, we can now fill the Whirlpool tub to the brim! I really hope this helps all who have been sorely disappointed with the new high efficiency technology.
And BTW, note that not even the Tide company (the high efficiency detergent soap "gurus") knows how much soap to put in these washers. They define small, medium, large, extra large, extra small loads, etc., but they never note the size of the tub. Is a large load in a 3.0 cu. ft. tub the same as a small load in a 7.0 cu ft tub?? You really have to specify the amount of water used, or clothes volume or weight or something to have a measurement of any meaning. I mean what if you need a Pod and a Half? Can you split up pods? Do you want to split up pods? Basically, the terms small, medium, and large, etc. mean nothing by themselves. Yet we have a whole industry of "efficiency" and "technology" and "new and improved" that doesn't see a problem with an undefined ratio of soap/water, I guess because in their misguided efforts to minimize the use of water, they sacrifice logic and wisdom. Oh well, as I like to say, "all our institutions are failing us." Happy full tub washing!